Jennifer Questel

Jennifer Questel

Research Assistant Professor


O'Neill 126
2150 Koyukuk Drive
Fairbanks, AK 99775


University of Alaska Fairbanks
Ph.D. Oceanography

State University of New York at Oswego
B.S. Zoology


Curriculum Vitae


Selected Publications

Bucklin, A., H.D. Yeh, J.M. Questel, D. Richardson, B. Reece, N. Copley, and P. Wiebe. (2019). "Time-series metabarcoding analysis of zooplankton diversity of the NW Atlantic continental shelf". ICES Journal of Marine Science. (accepted)

Bucklin, A., K.R. DiVito, I. Smolina, M. Choquet, J.M. Questel, G. Hoarau, and R.J. O’Neill. (2018). "Population genomics of marine zooplankton." Ed. O.M. Rajora and M. Oleksiak, Population Genomics. Springer.

Blanchard, A.L., R.H. Day, A.E. Gall, L.A.M. Aerts, J. Delarue, E.L. Dobbins, R.R. Hopcroft, J.M. Questel, T.J. Weingartner, and S.S. Wisdom. (2017). "Ecosystem variability in the offshore northeastern Chukchi Sea". Progress in Oceanography. 159:130–153.

Ershova, E.A., J.M. Questel, K.N. Kosobokova, and R.R. Hopcroft. (2017). "Population structure and production of four sibling species of Pseudocalanus spp. in the Chukchi Sea". Journal of Plankton Research. 39(1):48–64.

McFarlin, K.M., J.M. Questel, R.R. Hopcroft, and M.B. Leigh. (2017). "Bacterial community structure and functional potential in the northeastern Chukchi Sea". Continental Shelf Research. 136:20–28.

Questel, J.M., L. Blanco-Bercial, R.R. Hopcroft, and A. Bucklin. (2016). "Phylogeography and connectivity of the Pseudocalanus (Copepoda: Calanoida) species complex in the eastern North Pacific and the Pacific Arctic Region". Journal of Plankton Research. 38(3):610–623.

Day, R.H., T.J. Weingartner, R.R. Hopcroft, L.A.M. Aerts, A.L. Blanchard, A.E. Gall, B.J. Gallaway, D.E. Hannay, B.A. Holladay, J.T. Mathis, B.L. Norcross, J.M. Questel, and S.S. Wisdom. (2013). "The offshore northeastern Chukchi Sea, Alaska: A complex high-latitude ecosystem". Continental Shelf Research. 67:147–165.

Mathis, J.T., and J.M. Questel. (2013). "Assessing seasonal changes in carbonate parameters across small spatial gradients in the Northeastern Chukchi Sea". Continental Shelf Research. 67:42–51.

Questel, J.M., C. Clarke, and R.R. Hopcroft. (2013). "Seasonal and interannual variation in the planktonic communities of the northeastern Chukchi Sea during the summer and early fall". Continental Shelf Research. 67:23–41.

Questel, J.M., M.G. Walsh, R.J. Smith Jr., and A.B Welsh. (2012). "New data on mitochondrial diversity and origin of Hemimysis anomala in the Laurentian Great Lakes". Journal of Great Lakes Research. 38(2):14–18.

Walsh, M.G., B.F. Lantry, B. Boscarino, K. Bowen, J. Gerlofsma, T. Schaner, R. Back, J. Questel, G. Smythe, R. Cap, M. Goehle, B. Young, M. Chalupnicki, J.H. Johnson, and J.E. McKenna Jr.. (2010). "Early observations on an emerging Great Lakes invader Hemimysis anomala in Lake Ontario". Journal of Great Lakes Research. 36(3):499–504.


  • Biological Oceanography
  • Genetics
  • Zooplankton
  • PADI Certified Diver


Research Overview

My research focuses on the ecology and molecular ecology of zooplankton communities in the western Arctic Ocean and the Gulf of Alaska. Specifically, my interests lie in assessing biodiversity using molecular techniques (i.e., metagenetics and metabarcoding) as well as DNA barcoding for species identification, population genetics, and population connectivity.



  • Golden Key International Honour Society
  • Association for Women in Science
  • Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS)